See here I thought a graphics card was a graphics card but it seems like they are packaged up by third parties with fans and casing and such and that's why there are so many choices!
But yeah, I didn't know about that coupon code so that would make that a pretty sweet buy. Does that coupon work on the 2GB model? If so, I wonder if that isn't worth the $20-$30 extra.
Any comments on the Corsair Carbide 300R case? It isn't quite as cheap as it was when they put that build together in January.
It looks like a nice cheap case... I used one of two I had laying around, though I wish I bought a new one as this one barely worked. The code very likely does not work on the 2GB model. I did a lot of reading, and though 2GB (if the price is right) is better in the long run, it only matters significantly if you are going to be gaming at 1080p or higher resolutions OR are using multiple monitors at the same time, for gaming. I'm using an older LCD monitor that only goes up to 1440x900, myself, so I wasn't worried about that.
As for the heatsinks on the GPUs, yeah, there are a lot... There's typically up to three different heatsinks/cards from particular brands too... (a single fan, a dual fan [quieter and more efficent], and something like "Frozr" [MSI] or "Ice-Q" [Sapphire] that is newer and even more efficient, but more expensive) but it should only matter if reviews of that particular card say it's loud, gets hot easily, or both.
Edit: Also might help you to sign up at, and make the build yourself (or alterations) at www.pcpartpicker.com ... It helped me drastically. It automatically makes sure everything's compatible, and gives (usually accurate) pricing at multiple notable vendors.
Edited by Rhett, 26 May 2013 - 09:42 AM.